Midlands pharmacists set for charity cycle


This weekend, local pharmacists Eamonn Brady, Robert Keane, and John Keane will be taking part in their charity cycle event. The cycle starts in Dublin on Friday, 21 July, stops on Friday night in Mullingar and then continues to Galway the next morning.

Now in its fourth year, the CarePlus Frontline Cycle will see 70 pharmacists from across the country cycle over 230km from Dublin to Galway in support of charities around Ireland. Organised by local pharmacists, the cycle is a fundraising event that encourages pharmacists to fundraise on behalf of a nominated charity each year.
This year, the organisers have chosen to fundraise for Family Carers, Cancer Support LARCC, and the Pharmacy Benevolent Fund.

Over the years the cycle has garnered tens of thousands of euros in funds, and some much-needed focus and attention on numerous charities across Ireland and the midlands.
In 2011, the Frontline Cycle raised more than €9,000 for the Irish Cancer Society’s Action prostate charity. More than €12,000 was raised for the same charity in 2013 as pharmacists again got on their bikes, this time to raise awareness for ovarian cancer. In 2015 more than €15,000 was raised for First Fortnight and Good 2 Talk, Mullingar.

Spearheading the event is Eamonn Brady of Whelehan’s Pharmacy, Mullingar, and Keane’s Pharmacy’s John and Robert Keane who said, “We’re really excited about this year’s cycle, which is already shaping up to be our largest event to date.”

John Keane and Eamonn Brady wished to thank all the sponsors and said, “We are overwhelmed by the response of Mullingar businesses who are supporting the cycle including John Daly’s Bar, Fagan’s Office Supplies, Gordon Mitchell Engineers, Mullingar Autos, Pharmed, KC Sports, Signs Express, Uisneach Catering, and Eirtrack”.

You can catch and encourage those taking part when they depart Mullingar on Saturday morning at 9am from the Annebrook House Hotel.